Single-Parent Families, by Race/Ethnicity
What does this measure?
The proportion of single-parent families with children under 18 in various racial and ethnic groups.
Why is this important?
Children in single-parent families are far more likely to grow up in low-income households than those living with two parents. They are at greater risk of low academic performance and behavioral problems and may experience parental conflict and residential instability as well.
How is Orange County performing?
In Orange County in 2011-15, the rate of single-parent families was highest among African Americans, at 47%, followed by Hispanic residents at 33% and white residents at 22%. All three of those rates were at or below the comparable regional, state, and national rates for 2011-15. The rate for African American families fell by 4 points from 2000 to 2011-15, while it stayed the same or increased slightly for other ethnic groups.
The populations in most local areas, when broken down by race and ethnicity, were too small to yield reliable survey results.
Notes about the data
The multiyear figures are from the Census Bureau's American Community Survey. The bureau combined five years of responses to the survey to provide estimates for smaller geographic areas and increase the precision of its estimates. However, because the information came from a survey, the samples responding to the survey were not always large enough to produce reliable results, especially in small geographic areas. CGR has noted on data tables the estimates with relatively large margins of error. Estimates with three asterisks have the largest margins, plus or minus 50% or more of the estimate. Two asterisks mean plus or minus 35%-50%, and one asterisk means plus or minus 20%-35%. For all estimates, the confidence level is 90%, meaning there is 90% probability the true value (if the whole population were surveyed) would be within the margin of error (or confidence interval). The survey provides data on characteristics of the population that used to be collected only during the decennial census. Data for this indicator are expected to be released in the fourth quarter.